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Old 03-01-2015, 07:38 PM   #1
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Costa Rica - House Rental Options?

My wife and I are planning a month-long visit to CR. We will be leaving late March.

We have been eyeing rentals on Airbnb and VRBO but I wanted to see if any inmates might have a home to rent or have rented a property before that they would recommend. Proximity to beach/coast is a must.

Since we have not settled on an area to stay in, your input would certainly help us decide where to focus our search on.

We plan on renting a car or 4x4 to explore with also. Suggestions on vehicle rental would also be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-02-2015, 09:20 AM   #2
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Hi BajaRat,

I stayed with GreginCR. What a great guy. He is an American living in Costa Rica with his lovely Costa Rican wife. I would suggest sending him a private message with the same question.

Lately I am stuck in the U.S. so of course, I am listening to travel podcasts. I enjoy listening to Viva Tropical.

http://vivatropical.com/radio/

The host is an American who lives in Nosara Costa Rica and has podcasts on helpful ideas on building in Costa Rica, nice places to settle down for expats, that sort of thing. I would click on the contact button and see if he knows of decent rentals.

Several years back I stayed with a lady I emailed on Horizons Unlimited who had rented a nice place south of Nosara for a year. I was on my way to Panama at the time and she hosted me for a couple days. She found the beach house she was renting through word of mouth from a local realtor. It was like 200 bucks a month right near the beach. That was 2006 so prices have gone way up since then.

Unless you can find an ADVrider or friend with connections, I think your best bet is to fly to Costa Rica and network with local expats in a coffee house/cantina in Nosara/Samara area for the Nicoye peninsula. They speak English and usually started out in Costa Rica thinking they would rent a place for a month and never left. Sort of like you guys.

Another idea is to look further south down past Dominical and Jaco. An idyllic place I stayed at further south is called Rancho Diandrew down near Uvita. The owners son who runs the place is Andrew. Really great guy. I stayed there a couple years ago on my way to South America. I helped with a wedding party he was hosting for a week in exchange for room and board. His website is:

http://ranchodiandrew.com

Plenty of ADVriders have stayed there on their way south. It is near Uvita. My favorite beach down south. His girlfriend was a realtor and would be a good person to find month long rentals down there.

As far as car rentals go, you might want to contact Wildrider. The owner is a German guy who rents motorcycles and 4wd cars to touristas. Plenty of ADVriders have had good luck with them, although I haven't used his services. His car rental webpage is over at:

http://www.wild-rider.com/car-rental-rates/

The Suzuki Jimmy is cheaper, but the comfort of the Hyundai Tuscon may be more to your wife's liking. 4wd is the way to go for exploring Costa Rica if you can't talk your wife into renting motorcycles.

Just some ideas. Others may know more.

Kindest regards,
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:03 PM   #3
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Go south young man, greener and quieter....you can get a ticket style house for about $300 a month.
My buddy can help you out, I'll post or pm his info later.
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:04 PM   #4
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:53 PM   #5
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Thanks guys! Keep 'em coming,,,
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Old 03-02-2015, 08:44 PM   #6
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Hey.

I'm in CR with my bike. Tons of places for rent. If you want to research the Ojochal area in the south Pacific zone, you can find lots of lonely beaches but have all nearby amenities.

This Inmate is on his 3rd house rental there and is finding out what they prefer.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=982044

He says none of his rentals have been advertised, therefore no commission.

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Old 03-04-2015, 04:22 PM   #7
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+1 for wildrider for a rental. I have used them for a bike rental on two separate occasions. Good guys.

Also, I have ridden around Costa quite a bit and really liked the town of Drake a lot. Check it out. On the northern part of the OSA peninsula.
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